Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Course Title: Information Technology Concepts
Status: This project originated as part of a collaborative program between NCAT and the Ohio Learning Network, 2004 – 2006. NCAT’s role was to introduce the course redesign methodology to Ohio institutions and assist them in developing a project plan. NCAT was not involved in project implementation; consequently, the project’s status is unknown. For more information, contact George Steele at email@example.com or the project contact listed above. The project plan serves as a good example of how to think about redesigning a large-enrollment course.
Using the online model, Cincinnati State ’s redesign will include a single, media rich, section of the course with multiple instructors assigned for delivery. Online quizzes will allow instant feedback with a built-in tracking system to monitor student progress. Scheduled chat sessions and threaded discussions will support teaching and learning, with computer-mediated interaction between students and instructors and student-to-student exchange of viewpoints and shared knowledge. The redesigned course will also include computer simulations to support hands-on learning and use computer facilitated research to expand learning.
Student learning will be assessed by be pre- and post-course exams. These exams will be given to students in the traditional face-to-face offering of this course during the remainder of this calendar year to establish a baseline and to students taking the course under the new format beginning next year. The performance of students in each group will also be compared to the stated core outcomes of the class.
By reducing the number of faculty teaching the course substantially (from 12 to 4 in the fall term), the cost-per-student of Information Technology Concepts is projected to decline from $284 to $141, a decrease of 50%. In addition, because the redesign uses the fully online model, Cincinnati State will free up space that can be used for other courses and will achieve greater consistency of content so that students are better prepared for downstream courses.